Sunday, October 28, 2007

Facing the reality of new media

David Weinberger points to this post by Donnacha DeLong: Web 2.0 is Rubbish. David does a great job of addressing the substance of the article, Is the Web as weak as its weakest link? I won't go there. Instead I want to address something that I've been thinking about for a while.

So what's wrong with it? Isn't increased participation and feedback from our "users" -- readers and viewers -- a good thing? Of course it is, but the problem with Web 2.0 is not how it introduces these elements to the media, but how it's seen as replacing traditional media.

That's the point. It is not "seen as replacing traditional media". It absolutely is replacing traditional media, and every other form of "expert mediated" content production. I just don't see how it matters whether it's rubbish or not. It could be complete crap. So what?

The people have voted with their mouse clicks. What is is. You can bitch and moan, or you can start to think about how you might co-exist in the new-media ecosystem. Longing for the days of old isn't going to save you.

2 comments:

Sue Waters said...

You know it is not only people from traditional media that are fighting it. I have friends who are programmers and educators who are anti-web 2.0 and feel threatened by it. Instead of realising they can coexist they spend their time and energy trying to convince everyone else they are wrong.

Kevin Gamble said...

That is very true. It's all about control and letting go.

I think the point I was trying to make is that resistance is futile. It really doesn't matter whether we like it or not. It's the new reality. The sooner we get about accepting that the sooner we can figure out where we fit.